Tag Archives: Sochi

Olympic Committee won’t object to Russian LGBT arrests

BuzzFeed reports: “The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police detained 14 protesters in Moscow and St Petersburg on the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Some of those held in Moscow … Continue reading

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LGBT rights protesters in Moscow: They beat, abused us

LGBT rights protesters who were arrested today in Moscow say they were beaten and threatened with sexual abuse while in custody. According to BuzzFeed: The website OVDinfo.org, which tracks detentions in Russia, reported that the Russians in detention include Elena … Continue reading

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Russian police spy on LGBT activists, arrest 14

Russian police, who seemingly have a bug or an informant reporting on LGBT activists’ plans, arrested a total of 14 activists in St. Petersburg and Moscow during today’s opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics. AP reported from St. Petersburg: Russian … Continue reading

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Global conflict: Gay rights, repression (1. Russia; 2. More)

As pro-LGBT-rights protests and anti-LGBT initiatives continue in dozens of countries, here’s a sampling of the news and commentary about what’s going on. Russia coverage is below. Coming soon, a sampling of coverage of events in Africa, the Caribbean, and … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg joins world protests for LGBT rights

As international protests continue against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality gathered in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 5 to to seek repeal of the country’s national and regional laws against “gay propaganda.” Protests, many of them … Continue reading

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London protest would link Sochi, world’s anti-gay laws

Best wishes to artist/activist Vince Laws, who hopes to stage another face-paint protest of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws — this time in London in February during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where the crackdown on LGBT people continues.  His … Continue reading

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Obamas will skip Sochi, send LGBT athletes instead

U.S. President Obama sent a message today to Russian Vladimir Putin. In an implicit response to Russia’s crackdown on its LGBT community and the country’s blatant disregard of human rights, as well as the two countries’ foreign policy disputes,  Obama, … Continue reading

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First conviction under Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law

Two LGBT activists were convicted and fined on Dec. 3 in a Russian lower court on charges of promoting “non-traditional” relationships. It was the first such conviction under the country’s new “gay propaganda law,” BuzzFeed reported, citing The Moscow Times. … Continue reading

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Russian LGBT activists call for Sochi protests Feb. 7

A group of Russian LGBT rights organization and their supporters have called for worldwide protests against the country’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown on Feb. 7, the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The group also asks for pressure … Continue reading

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Russia budges in response to Olympic protests

Russia is nowhere near to repealing its new ban on “gay propaganda,” but the government has softened its stance in response to Western opposition to that law and the prospect of a boycott of or protests at the 2014 Olympics … Continue reading

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